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How Pencils are Made

Chris Higgins

Here's another gem from How It's Made -- an exploration of a German pencil factory, using Californian cedar.

Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends

Jason English

Yesterday I posted a question mental_floss contributor Brett Savage had asked me via text — “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown?" Many people weighed in with theories.

This Song's a Killer: The Strange Tale of "Gloomy Sunday"

Bill DeMain

In Vienna, a teenage girl drowned herself while clutching a piece of sheet music. In Budapest, a shopkeeper killed himself and left a note that quoted from the lyrics of the same song.

The Origins of Weird State Park Names (Part One)

Miss Cellania

My brother sent me this screenshot of Trip Advisor's information on Moses Lake, Washington.

Dot.Whatever

David K. Israel

Sometime soon—like maybe even by the end of this year—the dot.com empire will be a thing of the past. Not what they stand for, mind you, but the actual .com nomenclature...

Brain Game: Bay Curse Treat

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game presents: Tuesday Test Time.

Morning Cup of Links: Drugs and Movie Stars

Miss Cellania

Warren Buffett says, "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich." Everyone else has something to say on whether we should listen to the world's third-richest man or not. * Maru has a book in Engli

Last Day to Save on New Stuff in Our Store!

Jason English

Go do some browsing! Simply use the coupon code CLASSACT before checkout—the 20% off is valid on the Home & Office section only and expires tonight at 11:59 Eastern

The Taliesin Tragedy

Stacy Conradt

Nearly 100 years ago today (97 if you’re really splitting hairs), some of the most horrific murders in the history of Wisconsin took place.

The Late Movies: Double Dutch

Erica Palan

Growing up in Philadelphia, lots of girls in my neighborhood jumped rope. The most impressive did double dutch.

The Rat That Poisons Itself—For Defense

Jill Harness

Plenty of animals have their own poison, but the African Crested Rat is the only known mammal outside of humankind to create poison from an external source.

Reliving the All Too Brief Run of The Dana Carvey Show

Colin Patrick

"If we were doing it just so that we could be written about on GQ.com years later, then we completely succeeded.

Questions Our Writers Send Me Via Text #1 (of Thousands, Probably)

Jason English

Every now and again, a fellow _flosser texts me a question I just can't answer—either because I don't know the answer, or because of the medium's draconian character limit.

The Bodacious Letter B

Matt Soniak

Always a bridesmaid and never a bride, B is the also-ran, the second best, the afterthought, the sidekick to the alphaletter A.

Jack Kevorkian's Public-Access Cable Show

Chris Higgins

"Well, the time has come for us to enter the realm of pure human reason.

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